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In Charlotte, the Gay Visitor Information Line (tel. 704/535-6277) is open from 6:30 to 9:30pm Sunday to Thursday. You can get information on gay issues from the helpful staff at White Rabbit Books & Things, 1401 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 (tel. 704/377-4067; www.whiterabbitbooks.com).

Raleigh offers the Gay and Lesbian Help Line (tel. 919/821-0055). Another resource is another branch of White Rabbit Books & Things, 309 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601 (tel. 919/856-1429; www.whiterabbitbooks.com).

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA; tel. 800/448-8550 or 954/776-2626; www.iglta.org) is the trade association for the gay and lesbian travel industry, and offers an online directory of gay- and lesbian-friendly travel businesses.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.